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Farewell: 53 Rajya Sabha members retire today, Congress to be biggest loser

 2016-05-13 05:11:21.0

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New Delhi: �Rajya Sabha will see 53 members retiring on Friday, one of the biggest in recent times.

Congress, with 65 seats, will be the biggest loser with 16 members retiring and chances of only a handful of them returning to the House.

For BJP, majority in the upper House though looks elusive.

Five ministers � Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and YS Choudhry � retire and all will be re-elected.

BJP will increase its tally but will still fall short of majority.

Venkaiah Naidu holds the key portfolio and it is important to bring him back to Parliament. He was elected from Karnataka last time, but with liquor baron Vijay Mallya resigning, there is a vacancy.

The Congress is likely to draw a blank from AP or Telangana.

Since the party is in power in here, Jairam Ramesh, who is currently representing AP, is likely to make it from Karnataka.

P Chidambaram is another aspirant from Karnataka. However, other veterans like Hanumantha Rao and JD Seelam may not be so lucky.

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